Taipei, Oct. 3 (CNA)－Morris Chang (張忠謀), founder of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), will serve as Taiwan’s representative to this year’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Papua New Guinea in November, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced Wednesday.
Chang is the best choice to represent Taiwan at the summit, the theme of which is “Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future,” Tsai said when she introduced Chang as her special envoy at a press conference.
Chang had been widely expected to be Taiwan’s representative to the forum, but Tsai’s announcement was the first time his appointment was officially confirmed.
Despite being a full member of the 21-member inter-governmental forum since 1991, Taiwan’s presidents are traditionally prohibited from attending the leaders’ summit due to China’s opposition and have to instead name a proxy in their places.
Tsai appointed People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) to represent Taiwan during the previous two APEC leaders’ summits held since she took office in May 2016. This year’s summit will be hosted by Papua New Guinea from Nov. 12 to 18, with the leaders’ meeting scheduled for Nov. 18.
In addition to Chang, Taiwan’s delegation will consist of Minister without Portfolio John Deng (鄧振中), National Development Council chief Chen Mei-ling (陳美伶), Economic Affairs Minister Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津), and National Security Council Deputy Secretary-General Tsai Ming-yen (蔡明彥), the Presidential Office said.